Yes, it is very good to know "people".....the kind you hear about in movies...."I'll have my people call your people"....
My now x-roomie has a friend in the housing business who has said "Hey, call this guy ....he'll get you a good deal".
Hopefully today I'll give him a call and wham bam thanky ma'm I'll have a new heat pump on the way and save some cha-ching!!
Funny thing is I work in the building business myself and couldn't get this deal with my connections even.
It is good to know people.